Lewis Hamilton’s secret to success uncovered as Esteban Ocon lifts lid on life at Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton’s commitment to everything he does in life has been hailed by Esteban Ocon as the Brit gears up to begin his latest title defence. Hamilton is within seven Grand Prix wins of matching the legendary Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 and is eager match his haul of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles later this year.
Hamilton has benefitted from being part of Mercedes’ relentless pursuit of greatness, which has led to plenty of innovations, including the newly-unveiled Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system.
His own worth ethic is second to none, however, and he’s been putting in the hard graft over the course of pre-season as he seeks to go level with F1 record-holder Schumacher.
Ocon, who is a graduate of Mercedes’ junior programme and was their test driver for the 2019 season, has now lifted the lid on what Hamilton is like behind the scenes.
And the Frenchman has made particular mention of the 35-year-old’s desire to put everything into the task in hand, which includes getting things spot on at Mercedes.
“How he uses his time is very impressive,” Ocon said. “The way he works with his engineers and the life he has. All around he has a very busy life but when he does something, it’s 100 per cent.
“Forget the rest. He does his things, he does it well, very precisely. But once he’s done it. Boom! He doesn’t lose time. He does something else.”
Ocon returned to the Mercedes fold for the 2019 season after losing his seat at Racing Point, but he’ll be back on the F1 grid this year with Renault.
The 23-year-old has revealed Hamilton was a big help for him during his time with the six-time World Constructors’ Championship winners.
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“I had good chats with Lewis, who gave me good advice not really on the sports side but more the managing side,” Ocon said.
“He gave me good words and gave me directions of where to go. He was amongst a lot of people also a good teacher in all those parts.
“I came out of there a lot stronger than I was, with a lot more knowledge on the technical side but also on the other aspects like the organisation and the way they see things in different conditions.
“The way they just behave in any situation. I had an eye on all of that.”
Hamilton and Ocon will kick off the 2020 F1 season on March 15 when the Australian Grand Prix takes place in Melbourne.
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